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Ireland are up to eighth in the latest world rankings

Ireland are up to eighth in the latest world rankings

Monye highlighted Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt as a prime candidate to resurrect France as a leading power within the world rugby landscape given his capabilities as a coach.

"He probably does more than anyone else in the squad, so he deserves all the praise he gets".

"It's certainly great fun out there".

Jones will be confident his side can do that after witnessing them dismantle France, racing into a 30-8 interval lead and then preventing their opponents from even gaining a point thereafter.

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In a low scoring affair, England were the victors at Twickenham after two first-half Jonny May tries condemned Wales to an eventual 12-6 defeat. "We are going to embrace and enjoy the big two-week build-up", Youngs said.

England now hold the top place in the Six Nations table with back to back bonus point wins over Ireland and France in the opening two games. "We will take every game as it comes but certainly, this one is hugely exciting".

Vunipola hobbled off in the 44th minute of Sunday's 44-8 demolition of France at Twickenham and a scan has revealed that he requires 10 weeks of rehabilitation that will be overseen by Saracens.

Second row Maro Itoje has an outside chance of being available against Wales as he continues his recovery from a knee ligament tear, but hooker Dylan Hartley will miss out again because of a similar injury.

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But Monye believes that the FFR need to do everything in their power to get Schmidt on board, stating that France's lack of southern hemisphere influence has left them behind their Six Nations rivals.

"I think the emotions are pretty high at the moment, and we are still a week-and-a-half away from the game".

The 35-year-old said that the French language barrier has prevented top quality southern hemisphere coaches - such as Schmidt, Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland - from taking the reigns of the French national side.

"Yet these are very simple things that are today part of high-level rugby. But do we work on it? No".

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